MOSCOW, Jan 17, (Asia Free Press): Eighteen Russian military-transport aircraft Il-76 and one An-124 Ruslan of the Russian Aerospace Forces (RAF) with Russian peacekeepers on board flew from Almaty, Kazakhstan, according to local media.
“Today, military transport aviation planes continue to deliver to the Chkalovsky airport personnel and equipment of Russian Airborne Forces units after fulfilling peacekeeping tasks,” AKI Press reports.
“Prior to the departure, Russian peacekeepers loaded military equipment into planes at the Almaty airfield in the Republic of Kazakhstan”, Defence Ministry endorsed.
A solemn meeting of paratroopers with the participation of the Airborne Forces will be organized at the Chkalovsky airfield. Upon its completion, the personnel will begin unloading weapons, military equipment and march to the point of permanent deployment, AKI Press reported.
Earlier, units of the Russian paratroopers from the CSTO collective peacekeeping forces carrying out tasks to protect socially significant facilities in the Republic of Kazakhstan flew from the Almaty airfield to the Ivanovo-Severny airbase (the Ivanovo region) and Chkalovsky airfield (the Moscow region).
In Kazakhstan, the protest broke out on Jan 02, when drivers in the city of Zhanaozen, in the country’s oil-rich mangystau region, staged a protest against high fuel prices, which led to a state-of-emergency and resignation of the government.
Later, after the situation worsened, the Russian-led security alliance like the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), upon the calling of the Kazakh President, have deployed peacekeeping troops to normalize the tense situation in the Central Asian country.